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|From: Thomas Lofft (tloffthotmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:57:26 -0700 (PDT)|
Grace Kim grace [at] schemataworkshop.com Wrote: Subject: [C-L]_ support our rooftop farm Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing is well under construction - we are framing in the 4th floor. Visit our Facebook page to see photos. But the reason for writing is to ask for your support. I have learned over the past decade that cohousers are a generous bunch, especially when it comes to supporting a community oriented initiative. And that's what we are trying to do through our rooftop farm. Our plan is to create an urban farm on the roof of our cohousing project that will produce food year round. The purpose of the farm is three-fold: 1) to teach our children where our food comes from; 2) demonstrate that urban agriculture doesn't have to be ground-related (typically thought of as planter strips and backyards); and 3) be a catalyst for a neighborhood food network. We also need to build the farm to meet our land use requirements (but due to dramatic construction escalation in Seattle this past year we had to VE it out of our budget). So we are now asking our friends and cohousing supporters to help us realize our goal! We need to raise $30K, but are crowdsourcing it - starting with a goal of $10K and subsequent stretch goals of $5K. We know that is ambitious... but as much as every child needs a village, every farm needs a village to help sow the seeds, water, weed and harvest. Will you help by a donation of $5 or $500? Every bit helps. https://www.barnraiser.us/projects/the-rooftop-farm-on-capitol-hill-seattle And if you are able to donate $1000 for the dinner, I'd be happy to host you in our new building! If you aren't able to give, might you consider forwarding this note on to a friend? Thanks for your consideration and support. grace h. kim | schemata workshop inc. aia, principal architect p 206.285.1589 schemataworkshop.com<http://www.schemataworkshop.com/> new location 112 5th ave n, floor 2-south seattle, wa 98109 I applaud the efforts of Grace and Capital Hill Urban Cohousing for their multifaceted efforts at developing sustainable urban cohousing. One of the complications I have often witnessed is the counterproductive efforts of government to create greater obstacles towards noble minded private efforts like these to increase sustainability. I have seen where improvements like solar collectors, grey water collectors, and other such 'green' improvements get added to the assessor's tax rolls, causing increasing private tax burden in response to private efforts to achieve desirable public interests. I am wondering of the Seattle City/ King County assessor will treat the rooftop farm as a money-making enterprise and add property value to the tax base assessment for further increased property taxes. That question suggests to me that it may be appropriate to incorporate the rooftop farm as a separate non-profit, 501 (c) (3) educational and charitable enterprise. As such, the enterprise could engage in educational endeavors, contribute surplus (non-subscribed) produce to food kitchens, and solicit contributions from the public as charitable, tax-deductible contributions. The farm enterprise, in turn, could rent its rooftop space from the cohousing ownership enterprise, transferring funding as prepaid rent to the cohousing enterprise to fund the completion of the rooftop. Another suggestion is to presell community supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions for future produce yield. A committed supporter could prepay five years membership subscription fees to help advance funding for the development of the rooftop farm. Don't mention this to any securities freaks. Incidentally, I would hope that the effective storm water management factor of rooftop rain water collection and treatment through transpiration was given due credit in project review and approval. It's much more effective than burying collection and storage pipes under parking lots. Best wishes for a prompt and joyous, green move-in. Tom Lofft Liberty Village, MD
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